Friday, September 30, 2011


So, what have I been up to on the school front these days??  Well, I have a lot to do every day....  a lot!!  I have a minimum of 5 different classes, in 2 different schools- a couple days per week I have 6.  That is a lot of prep work!!  But because I am an absolute maniac about my students, I took them on a field trip.  You know, because I like to live on the edge.  HAHA!!
Love this place!!

Actually, I feel an obligation to take my students to the Concrete Park in the nearby town of Phillips, WI.  The Concrete Park was built by a local man who had retired from logging, owned a bar, grew ginseng and was an artist!  He made over 230 sculptures in a 10 year period, as a man of 65 years old.  The importance of this Park is recognized all over the United States as a prime example of outsider art- art that is created by non-trained artists- and has been been studied by many.

I did my thesis on the art of Fred Smith and so I feel very connected to it and feel the need to have art students visit.  Many of them have lived in the area all their lives and have never been to the Park.  Such a shame, it is an incredible environment!

Work shop area

Kids in activity building

Raining and we were cold!

One of my favorite images- love the tree of life

Love the horses!

Cool headdress

Cute girl drawing

Another cute girl drawing


Looks like a bear hound!!  

Notice the tail lights and reflectors

More drawing

That's all of us!!

Fine looking group, don't you think!?!

In other news, we are also repainting a sign for the scoreboard.  Thank heaven for my students!!!

So the Mad Art Teacher rolls on!
Finding joy in everyday events.....

Until next time- be a joy giver!


  1. LOVE IT!! You have a lucky bunch of kids there to have an art teacher such as you ~ who will take the time to actually educate them on more than "just the basics". Fred Smith was awesome and I loved how he thought "outside the box" ~ I know a lot of people thought he was just a crazy old guy who didn't know how to take out his garbage of beer and booze bottles from the bar. Fred was recycling before recycling was cool:) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh, now that looked like fun! How interesting!!! I kept looking for Lola... it's her kind of place. (Tee hee!) Thanks for sharing, Debi.

  3. That was fun, the only bad part was the bit of rain !
    i really enjoy the pictures of all of us together :)